Canela, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Louis Kahn said: "You say to a brick, 'What do you want, brick? ' And brick says to you, 'I like an arch." The majority of the bricks we interviewed said they'd rather be part of a household. Four walls and a roof. We guess they were older, more mature bricks, ready to settle down...
The floor plan is characterized by 4 parallel lines. The four brick walls. The major spaces are configured by these walls: The garage, kitchen, living room and master bedroom. The two others bedrooms, required by the client, rest on the concrete slab over the kitchen, in a dark rectangular volume. The ensemble is crowned with a metallic angled roof, a legislation demand, that provides a double height living room. The contrast between the rustic, imperfect brick and the sharp, straight metallic sheeting is one clear highlight of the design.
The structural solution is straight-forward: The concrete slabs are supported by the brick walls. As we know, bricks perform better under compressive stress (as opposed to traction). Again, is a matter of using the materials where they aspire to be. We guess Khan was right after all.
LOCATION Canela, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
PROJECT AREA 2,995.16 SF
SITE AREA 6,658.77 SF
MANAGER Carolina Souza Pinto
PROJECT LEADERS Guilherme Silva
ARCHITECTURE Guilherme Silva
CGI Guilherme Silva
STRUCTURE Felipe Rocha
PLUMBING Felipe Rocha